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The Shack by William P. Young Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Thank you for the recommendation, Roben. So glad I read this. One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain Thanks for the loan, Lanette. One of my new favorites.

Standing in the Fire by Tom Doyle As recommended by our friend, Stan. Wow, incredible stories.

f o o r P Flight of Passage by Rinker Buck A memoir recommended by James at Duck River Books. Gotta meet Rinker soon!

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Validity August 2017 • Vol. 7, Issue 8

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County Fair Time! Page 16 By Cari Marye Griffith

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Youth Thrive at Boys & Girls Club of Maury County

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Plan a trip to our beautiful Tennessee State Parks

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Check websites for upcoming events. Purchase wine or great items in gift shops at our South Central TN Wineries Big Creek Winery, Pulaski

Third Annual Ice Cream Festival Your taste buds will thank you for the trip to Pulaski.

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The Reality of Virtual Reality By Cody Newbold

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Discover scenic byways, local shops & restaurants, antebellum homes, outdoor adventures, festivals, wineries, distilleries and more!

Check websites for upcoming events. Purchase spirits or great items in gift shops at our South Central TN Distilleries

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Celebrate World Elephant Day Be one of the first to visit the Sanctuary’s Outdoor Classroom. Page 19

Table of Contents Validity Recipes August Gardens

By Cari Marye Griffith

Know anyone who dislikes fresh berry desserts and potatoes cooked twice? Me neither. Page 8

By Cassandra Warner

Harvesting, sharing and preparing fall’s garden. Page 23

August Book Review

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Ornithology Report By Bill Pulliam

The Believer’s Walk By Charles Newbold


Hawks of the twilight that are not really hawks.

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Summer Treats

Recipes, Photos & Food Styling by Cari M. Griffith


weet and tangy pie cups are the perfect summer treat. Since berries are in season, you can get fresh pints from the farmers market or grocery store. Add in a little lemon zest and cinnamon, and a dollop of coconut cream and you will eat two before you even think twice. These treats call for a basic pie crust recipe. You can use an old family recipe, or do a quick internet search for an easy homemade pie crust. Since I am gluten free, I used

the Glutino Perfect Pie Crust flour blend, and it worked perfectly. Some recipes require the dough to chill overnight, so depending on when you would like to make your pie cups, you may have to think ahead. The Glutino pie crust suggests chilling for at least an hour or overnight, and I suggest overnight. The crust is less crumbly and it holds its shape better with some chill time. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight as well, for best results.

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Mini Lemon Berry Pie Cups with Coconut Cream

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Ingredients: Homemade pie crust 1 pint blueberries ½ pint blackberries 1 Tablespoon lemon zest 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 2 Tablespoons flour 1 Tablespoon raw sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon

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Coconut cream 1 can coconut cream 3 Tablespoons (or more) of Maple Syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions: Using a standup or hand mixture, carefully pour out liquid from the can of coconut cream and place remaining cream in large mixing bowl. Coconut milk naturally separates, so for the whipped coconut cream you only want

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of parchment paper into thin slips and place one in each muffin cup to help with removal. Using the wide mouth mason jar lid, or a round cookie cutter, cut the pie crust into circles and gently place into the muffin tin on top of the parchment slips. If the dough cracks, you can press a little piece of extra dough on the crack to help hold in the filling. Next, spoon in the mixture, making sure not to let any liquid run over the tops of the cups. Sprinkle with raw sugar and place in the center rack in the oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the tops of the crust are starting to turn golden brown and the berries are bubbling.

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Instructions: Preheat oven to 350. For the filling, wash a pint of blueberries and half a pint of blackberries and place in a mixing bowl. If the blackberries are large, cut berries in half. Add in 3 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon and stir well to coat. Let chill in the fridge while you roll out the pie crust. For the crust, gently roll out on parchment paper and add extra flour to the rolling pin if the dough is sticking. I used a widemouth mason jar lid to cut my dough into circles, and it fit the muffin tin perfectly. Cut a piece

to use the thick cream at the top. Add in maple syrup and vanilla and whip vigorously until peaks are starting to form. Place the bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes at a time if needed to help stiffen the cream. Once you have reached the desired consistency, place bowl in freezer or fridge until ready to serve. Once berry cups are out of the oven, serve immediately with a big spoonful of cream. August 2017 9

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Twice Baked Potatoes with Garlicky Roasted Kale

Twice Baked Potatoes with Garlicky Roasted Kale


Recipe, photos and food styling by Cari Marye Griffith

10 August 2017

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f I’m being honest, the following is not a recipe you would make for a casual, weeknight dinner. It takes a lot of preparation and time, and you may end up with potatoes all over your kitchen, like I did. But I can tell you, that it is absolutely worth the effort! What is better than crispy potato skins filled with creamy, cheesy, garlicky goodness? My mother did not make a lot of things from scratch while we were growing up, but I vividly remember her making twice baked potatoes for special occasions and my brother and I were always so excited to eat them. These potatoes are big enough to be a meal on their own, but would also pair well with a simple roasted chicken or steak and a garden salad.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Garlicky Roasted Kale Ingredients: 5 Russet Potatoes 1 Tablespoon oil ½ cup milk ½ cup cheese (I used gouda) 3 Tablespoons stick butter 3 Tablespoons sour cream 1 sprig of fresh rosemary Salt and pepper, to taste 3 handfuls chopped kale ½ Tablespoon garlic powder 1 Tablespoon oil Instructions: Preheat oven to 400. Thoroughly wash and scrub the potatoes and pat dry. Pierce the potatoes with a knife and rub with oil. Place the potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let bake on 400 for an hour and a half to two hours or until the potato gives a little when you squeeze it with tongs or an oven mitt. Rotate potatoes every 20 minutes for a nice even bake. While the potatoes cool, wash and dry kale and chop into bite sized pieces. Place in large bowl and drizzle one tablespoon oil and garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Rub spices and oil onto kale and spread out evenly on a foil lined baking sheet. Place in oven and let cook for 5-10 minutes until starting to crisp. Keep an eye on the kale, so it doesn’t burn. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice potatoes length wise into halves. Into the bowl of a standup mixer or a large mixing bowl, carefully spoon out the inside of each potato, making sure not to break the edges. Once you have hollowed out the inside of each potato, place skins back onto the baking sheet. If any of the sides have broken, you can place them next to each other to help hold their shape. Next, mix in milk, sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, rosemary, cheese and kale and stir to incorporate all ingredients. Whip the potatoes with a standup or hand mixer to give the potatoes a nice creamy texture. Spoon the potato mixture back into the potato skins. Top with extra cheese and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melty and starting to brown.

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f all the trips to Columbia over the past years, not once had I ever stepped foot in the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County. Until last month. But an email from Lauren LaPorte regarding the Teen Center Grand Opening celebration peaked my interest, so I stopped by. An hour early for the 5 p.m. event, I became the guinea pig for two young ladies, Lavenyah and Rakayla, photo right, assigned as my tour guides. Both have been attending the Boys & Girls Club since Kindergarten and were well

versed and ready for a newbie like me. A $750,000 renovation of the Teen Center revealed a state of the art facility, thanks to the support of numerous sponsors from the community. Study rooms with computers and flat screens, a kitchen, cafe, game room, music room and gym all make summers and after school time profitable and fun for Maury County youth, grades 6-12 who might otherwise

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be unsupervised or left to their own devices as parents work hard to make a living. Former Boys & Girls Club kid, Shaq Mason, who was part of the New England Patriot’s Super Bowl LI win, came home and was honored with the retiring of his jersey by the Columbia Central Lions. Shaq spoke about his time as a club member in Maury County, and members of the community were treated to the same tour as I, along with refreshments. As the two poised and confident young ladies continued our tour, we were joined by other members who chimed in with reasons they love the Boys & Girls Club. A quick inventory disclosed they all had an idea of which college they are checking out as well as what they may choose to study. What was not necessarily said, but was evident, was the level of pride and admiration they have for their club and its mentors. Chauncy Julius, unit director, is a Columbia Central and Tennessee Tech grad who also served three military tours in Iraq. “Working with youth is where my greatest passion and greatest talents intersect. That’s the sweet spot,” he said. “If we can find that, we find our purpose.” Leadership and core values grace the walls in hopes of making deep impact during the small window of time youth spend at the center. Helping youth

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ce cream will take center stage at the third annual Ice Cream Festival scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m. on the public square in Pulaski. Family-friendly activities planned include a kids zone, bungee jumping, face painting, live music and, of course, ice cream tasting of various flavors, an ice cream competition and a best decorated booth competition. The ever-popular PACE classic cars will be on display on the north side of the square, and festival T shirts and aprons will be for sale on the south side of the square, organizers said. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Each booth, sponsored by businesses, churches, schools, restaurants, sports teams, groups of friends, families and individuals, will present their best homemade ice cream recipes to be shared with festival goers. Artists of any age may enter their works of art about ice cream in any medium,

photographs, pottery, painting, textiles, etc., for prizes and ribbons. All entries must be submitted by August 11, 2017, and anyone interested should email Patricia Hickman at for information. Forms for entry in any of these events may be found at www.gilesartscouncil. com. The event is a project of the Giles Arts Council whose mission is to inspire and foster artistic activities in the community. During 2016-17, Giles Arts Council used funds from last year’s festival to encourage artistic events by: • Contributing funds to MMC OpporTUNity program • Sponsoring Beauty and the Beast play at STAAR Theatre • Sponsoring a character breakfast for children – Breakfast with Bell and the Beast – at the STAAR theatre • Encouraging children, youth and teens to photograph their pets and enter a pet photography contest.

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Find Fun AT a County Fair!

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Derby cars crash in two nights of fender bender excitement at the South Central Area Fair, Hohenwald; Agriculture and horticulture exhibits are making a comeback in county fairs around the region.

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liamson County Agricultural Expo Park at 4215 Longlane, Franklin, TN 37064. Attractions include live music, farm and animal exhibits (including a birthing pig exhibit!), fireworks, artists and makers from As is tradition, the Williamson Tennessee and much more! AdmisCounty Fair is the first to launch sion for a one day pass is $7 for in the season, running from August an adult and $4 for a child, with 4th to August several deals, discounts and group 12th. The fair is passes available. held at the Wilyou win a giant, house-sized teddy bear, a goldfish in a plastic bag and watch a man wrestle an alligator while also riding in a spinning teacup? I rest my case.

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tions, whether that be a pie-eating contest, or a competition on who hen the joys and can grow the biggest pumpkins. It’s freedoms of sum- a family affair in every way, even mer are nearing the just for those who like to sit back end of their season, and people-watch. Attending the county fairs begin to spring up to county fair is a nostalgic pastime, welcome the arrival of autumn. where just the smell of a funnel The classic American county fair is cake can stir up a flood of memoa celebration of agriculture, com- ries for all who attended. munity, entertainment and enjoy- have Where else can ment. Most fairs have competiBy Cari M. Griffith

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runs from September 23rd through October 1st at the Lawrenceburg Rotary Park, at 927 N. Military Ave. Another large fair for our area, the Middle TN District Fair has opportunities for everyone including classic rides and games, food competitions, large truck demonstrations and races, community club booths, art and livestock shows.

The South Central Area Fair is a regional fair that serves Perry, Wayne and Lewis counties. It runs from August 12th through the 19th and is located in Hohenwald, TN at 115 Smith Avenue. The SCA Fair has fun rides, races, a Power Wheels Derby, a demolition derby, a wrestling competition and more! Maury County’s Fair is held from August 29th to September 2nd, in Columbia, TN at 1018 Maury County Park Drive. The Maury County Fair offers a wide variety of entertainment including a tractor pull, many rides and games, a demolition derby, a petting zoo and pony rides for the children. Admission to the fair is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 7-12, and children 6 and under

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Next in the lineup is the Giles County Fair. Located in the Giles County Agriculture Park at 2014 Elkton Pike, in Pulaski, TN 38478. The Giles County Fair has a flower judging competition, a demolition derby, motocross exhibits, the Fairest of the Fair pageant and many more exciting opportunities. Admission is $5 at the door, with other offers and discounts available.

get in free. They have special admission days listed, including a day when children can dress up as a farmer and get in free! The Tennessee State Fair runs from September 8th - 17th on the TN State Fairgrounds, at 500 Wedgewood Ave, in Nashville. With an approximate attendance of over 200,000 people, it is the largest fair in our area. Originally founded over 150 years ago, the TN State Fair continues to carry on it’s legacy of supporting agriculture, education and family-oriented entertainment for the city and surrounding areas. Opportunities include the Great Lakes Timber Show, pig races, African Acrobats, musical performances, rides, games and more! Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for youth, with other

opportunities available for unlimited ride wristbands and other offers. The latest fair in the season is the Middle TN District Fair, which

Each of these fairs has a unique atmosphere that is built around the community and organizations that organize, plan and execute each fair. Since most of the fairs happen on different dates, you can make it to several events throughout the fall season. Bring your camera, a friend and an appetite for all the fried food your heart could ever desire!

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Exploring Virtual Reality From phone repair to gaming


ummer is ending for most of the Validity readership. I feel like it is just starting for me. I completed my Master’s thesis in late June and am set to graduate in August. I’ve also moved into a new apartment and started a new job. I’ve been busy. Although many of my nerdy interests would bore the pants off most of you, there is one recent advancement worth sharing. By Cody Newbold But first, a story that I can only preface with the word “nightmare.” I purchased a new phone earlier this year, and it was a big deal. I decided to switch from iPhone to Android. Gasp. After much research, I got a Samsung Galaxy Edge 7. I chose the sleek black one. With its curved edges, it was beauty incarnate. Although my iPhone buddies hated me because I became a “green friend,” I loved the way I could configure everything from looks to functionality. One of the most fun things about having the phone was a gadget I received as a gift, the Oculus VR. Although the VR is the point of this article, I’m not going to talk about it just yet. For now, we’ll return to the horror story. The store clerk had asked me if I would like Geek Squad protection on the phone. Without much consideration, I declined. The worst thing that ever happens to any phone I own is a broken screen, I reasoned, and it’s not much to have those replaced. Of course, not a month into


owning my sleek new Cadillac of a phone, I dropped it on concrete, dashing the corner of the screen to more of a gravelly, sharded look. Not my style. No big deal, I thought. I’ll just take it back and have the geeks fix it. Apparently, you can only commission the geeks if you have purchased the protection plan, which I had so flippantly dismissed. I was told most phone repair stores could replace the screen, even though it was a pricy fix due to the phone’s fluid, curvy corners. I decided to have it repaired at a brand new, modern-looking store called uBreak iFix. I ponied up the exorbitant repair cost, which was regrettably half the cost of the phone. They had the screen replacement done in a few hours and I was back in business. For about an hour. I got home and popped my phone back into the cheap plastic case I had bought for it. My giant gorilla hands not only fractured the case, but after about half an hour or so, something began happening to my phone. A thin, bleeding line had appeared on the top half of the screen. I didn’t sweat it, because uBreak iFix had a warranty that covered any hardware malfunction. I was still assuming this was a hardware or installation issue, because anyone who knows me has realized at this point, that I do not actually have large or animal-like hands. My ring size is five. However, the gentleman behind the counter didn’t see it this way. “This is physical damage,” he told me. “But, how could I have done that to my phone?” I parried. “I don’t know what you did,” he replied. “But are you sure it wasn’t August 2017

some kind of installation error? Look at how the screen is coming up on the side.” He retorted something about how uBreak weBreak doesn’t use adhesives, and I realized there was nothing I could do. My face hot, I left. With my heart still full with the hope of having my phone repaired, I sent it to Samsung, who promptly sent it back with a note that said it was “not economically fixable.” For those readers still hoping for a happy ending, alas, it has been four months, and I am typing this article on my old iPhone. Silver linings, though. It was fun while it lasted, especially with a certain device called the Oculus VR. If you don’t keep up with tech, I’ll summarize: The VR is the huge, ridiculous headset people put on their faces while stumbling around yelling at things that don’t exist. And it is awesome. When you put on the VR, if it does not make you sick, you are transported into another world. We put it on my friend’s five-yearold, and I have never seen a child so excited. Oculus was purchased by Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, in 2014. In 2015, Oculus released the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear VR pairs with Samsung phones and contains an app store. The first thing I did was explore the free apps that came with the device. In the startup media, there was an animated video. It contained 3D content, of which my favorite was an origami T-rex that bounced around the scene. That was also my friend’s child’s favorite part, so any assumptions you might make about my maturity are probably accurate. After going through a lame roller coaster video, an app called Face

Your Fears caught my attention immediately. This was by far the coolest experience I had with the VR. This app takes you through stories that force you to face situations of which people are typically afraid (heights, spiders, being buried alive, etc.). I watched the heights video, and it was superb. I found myself at the top of a skyscraper with the world ending around me. I was picked up by a giant robot and subsequently dropped, where I fell all the way to the ground. Then, an alien ship sucked me, via force field, into its bowels. Riveting! I could not prepare myself, however, for what was to follow the scary heights video. The next Face Your Fears story had three parts. I’ll describe the first and leave the rest for your exploration. Open scene. You are in bed in a children’s room. The room is dark except for a bedside lamp on a table. You start to hear weird noises. When you turn your head from side to side, you are able to look around and see that you are alone, but the closet door in front of you is cracked open. You might look up, and if you do, you would see that there is a large vent area above your bookcase that is open. After a few minutes, you look up and see a small crouching figure with red, glaring eyes. It is a small boy with an evil looking face, and when you spy him, he scurries away. You begin in earnest turning your head from side to side, trying to make sure he hasn’t appeared somewhere else in the room. You hear a commotion in the bathroom, which is a slightly open door to your left, and when you look, the thin, mostly naked figure is attacking something with scissors in there. The last thing you see before

he vanishes again is him glaring at you with his beady, red eyes through the bathroom door. He makes a few more appearances, once behind a table on one side of your room. Each time you get a glimpse of him, you jump, unknowingly looking like a complete fool to anyone in reality who doesn’t have a VR headset on. The story culminates when you finally look to the right side of your bed, seeing him standing mere inches from you. He reaches over and turns off your lamp before disappearing again. The next time you look over, he’s on the bed next to you, and jumps forward. This is the point where most people scream and rip the headset off their faces. Seeing that story in a movie might be scary to some, but the VR takes it to another level. When you have the headset on, you are completely immersed in what is happening on the screen. There is much that can be done with the VR. Something I wanted to try before my phone went caput was playing Minecraft with a friend. Minecraft, which was covered in a previous article, is already a very immersive game, so playing on the VR would probably be amazing. Some have reported getting motion sick when using the VR. I usually am the first of my friends to get motion sick when watching certain movies or playing games, but I didn’t have a problem with the VR. That being said, I didn’t wear it for long periods of time, so use caution if you purchase one. Make sure to take breaks when needed. If you have a VR, tell us about your experience! Go to or our Facebook page and leave us a comment. In a future article, I’ll discuss what can be done with the Oculus that connects to a computer rather than a smartphone. Stay tuned. Cody Newbold currently works for a computer engineering firm in Franklin and has been a Validity contributor since 2011.

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elebrate World Elephant Day with The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald at the grand opening of The Sanctuary’s Outdoor Classroom Saturday, August 12, 2017. The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with special programming at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friends and families may meet and interact with The Sanctuary’s elephant Caregivers and help make special enrichment treats for the elephants while touring The Elephant Discovery Center’s new Outdoor Classroom. The elephants at The Sanctuary are retired from public exhibition, therefore, there will be no elephants at this event. The Outdoor Classroom features self-guided exhibits on elephants as a keystone species in their native habitats, ongoing conservation efforts to protect them and the features and behaviors unique to their species. In addition, the Outdoor Classroom features a 3,500-gallon rainwater irrigation cistern, and the landscaping features plants that are local to middle Tennessee. A life-sized Asian elephant sculpture created by Nashville-based artist, Alex Lockwood is anticipated to be revealed on World Elephant Day. The sculpture is being created out of community-sourced, recycled tires. Lockwood, known for his abstract sculptures created from repurposed and recycled material, is the owner of Elephant Gallery and Studios in North Nashville and a presiding member of Nashville’s Coop Collective, a group of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art. Alex has had recent exhibits at Oz Arts and Zeitgeist

Gallery, and his work is featured at putting hole number two at the Nashville Sounds Stadium’s miniature golf course. “The Sanctuary is committed to environmental conservation, both locally and globally, for the benefit of elephants and all living beings,” said Todd Montgomery, The Sanctuary’s Education Manager. “We hope that repurposing tires into this life-sized elephant will spark an interest among visitors to learn more about elephants and will connect them to The Sanctuary’s

mission of local and global environmental sustainability and conservation.” First recognized in 2012, World Elephant Day is a global effort to raise awareness about the issues facing elephants in the wild and in captivity. The Elephant Sanctuary, located 85 miles southwest of Nashville in Hohenwald, provides elephants that have been retired from exhibit or performing with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their wellbeing. The non-profit Sanctuary also works to raise public awareness of the complex needs of elephants in captivity and the crises facing elephants in the wild. For more information visit www. or call 931-796-6500. The Elephant Discovery Center is located at 27 E Main St, Hohenwald, Tennessee 38462. August 2017 19

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e recently attended BookExpo America in New York City. BookExpo is a bringing together of publishers, authors, librarians, bookstore owners and other industry professionals for a multi-day series of events. During the event, we were speaking with a young lady from Seattle about book reviews when she By James Lund said, “We never write negative book reviews.” “Yes! Thank you!” I said, which then led to a lengthy discussion as to the reasons we each forego the negative review.

I am in the business of assisting people in their desire to read more. I believe people benefit greatly from reading. Whether you like fiction or non-fiction, I believe reading helps you become a better version of yourself by presenting you with situations, cultures and ideas you may not have otherwise experienced. You will occasionally come across something in a book that causes you to investigate the subject further, which often leads to a new understanding. Sometimes, reading simply serves as a healthy way for us to relax after a stressful day. Whatever your reason may be, I would like us all to read more. I have read many books that I would not recommend, based on the fact, that the book was not to my liking. But, I am not going to go as far as to ask people not to read it or point out all of the reasons I didn’t care for it. I will instead review the books I truly enjoyed. There are so many great books now available, that we could spend the rest of our lives only reading wonderful material and still not read it all. So, I will continue focusing on reviewing books I truly enjoy and would encourage you to read. Which brings us to this month’s selection, The

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Nighthawks Reprint Note: This article first appeared in Validity, October 2011. Join us in prayers for a quick healing for Bill as he recovers from Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever.


ome summer evening, while walking in downtown Hohenwald, you might notice an odd creature flying overhead in a peculiar floppy way rather like an enormous moth. Or, you might see it over some open area out in the countryside. With long, narrow, pointed wings, it has a distinctive flight style, with quick sharp downbeats in an irregular pattern –- flap….flap… flap… flapflap…flap…flapflapflap… and so on, all the while zigzagging back-and forth as if it were dizzy. You might think that it is “crazy as a bullbat.” And you would be right! By Bill Pulliam It’s not a bat, of course, but a bird –- the Common Nighthawk. But its habit of fluttering around the evening sky reminds many people of a large bat, hence the nickname “bullbat.” It is not a hawk either, being more closely allied to the owls and Whip-poor-wills. Nighthawks are a familiar summertime bird across much of North America, from the Gulf of Mexico north into central Canada. During our winter, they travel to South America, trading the farmlands of Tennessee for the Pampas of Argentina. Nighthawks are medium-sized birds, about the size of a robin in length, but with distinctively long wings. As their name suggests, they are a night bird, not often seen in mid-day. But they are not strictly nocturnal. Nighthawks are frequently out and active in late afternoon, particularly on cloudy days. The evening twilight, when there is still plenty of light by which to see them, is an especially favored time. In addition to their unusual way of flying, the Common Nighthawk has two other prominent traits by which it can be recognized. The first of these is a bold white bar that runs crosswise across the outer part of each wing. As their plumage is overall dark and mottled, this bright white bar stands out even in dim light and at quite a distance. Second, they usually announce their presence with a loud, distinctive call. This is a hoarse, buzzy, nasal sound often written as

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“peent,” though to my ears it comes across as more of a “pzhyernt.” As you can guess from that spelling, it is not an especially musical note, but it is quite distinctive. It is sharp, loud and with a falling pitch, is often repeated several times a minute as the bird meanders across the evening sky. Nighthawks usually arrive in Lewis County each year in April, with the last birds heading south by early October. While they are here, they have two especially favored habitats: downtown Hohenwald and recently logged forestlands in the countryside. They are birds of open country and open sky. They build no nest, laying their eggs directly on the bare ground, relying on camouflage to protect them. In earlier times, they often nested on gravel bars of larger rivers, but the changes brought to the rivers by dams and dredging have largely eliminated this habitat. The adaptable Nighthawk discovered a new habitat, though. They now commonly nest on the flat roofs of commercial buildings, which is why downtown Hohenwald

is one of the better places around here to look for them. We should all count the Nighthawks among our best bird friends, for like many birds of the open sky, they feed almost exclusively on flying insects. Some have been found to have over 500 recently-caught mosquitoes in their stomachs at one time. Along with their ordinary “crazy as a bullbat” flight style, Nighthawks are known for two dramatic aerial shows that they sometimes put on. Their spectacular courtship flights, where the males make death-defying dives with echoing booms as they pull out at the bottom, are a springtime display. As the Nighthawks begin their long journey to their Southern Hemisphere wintering grounds, they begin to mass in large flocks. By September, these flocks can number in the dozens to several hundred birds and can be quite a sight, as they fill the sky with their zigging and zagging at dusk, calling back and forth to each other. After dark, the migrating flocks are sometimes drawn to welllit areas where large numbers of moths August 2017 21

and other insects have gathered. When this happens at a stadium during a ball game, it can be impressive and distracting. Many people have been reminded of Alfred Hitchcock films by this; but of course, Nighthawks are entirely harmless and can be very entertaining when they make a dash for a fly ball during a night baseball game, hoping that it might prove to be a giant white bug! They always seem to realize their mistake before actually attempting to make the catch, fortunately. Downtown Nashville is an especially good place to spot these large flocks, particularly along the river and near the football stadium. Closer to home, they might show up in any patch of sky over Lewis County. I have seen flocks of dozens of them over my farm in the western part of the county in the evening

while locking up the chickens for the night. We all tend to keep our eyes and our minds on what is happening in front of us and beneath our feet most of the time. We often don’t pay much attention to what is going on over our heads. It is worth remembering to look up from time to time. A “crazy” bird with a strange buzzy voice staggering across the sky is just one of many wonderful things you might discover up there.

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*Garden to table when possible. *Harvest veggies like cucumber, squash, okra, eggplant and green beans when they are young and tender. This will provide the best flavor and nutrition and keep your plants producing. *Dig potatoes after the tops have died. *When harvesting herbs such as oregano, thyme and sage, cut them back up to one-half of the plants height using sharp clippers or scissors. It’s best to harvest them mid-morning after the dew has dried on leaves. *Harvest basil and other herbs grown for their leaves regularly, even if you can’t use or share all of it. Add them to the compost, and this will keep them producing and inhibit them going to seed. *Harvest edible flowers just after the flowers open for best flavor. *Let tomatoes and melons ripen on the vine for peak flavor. *You can pick peppers at just about any stage of growth, green or fully colored. I love to let some of my jalapeños turn red. How many ways do you love tomatoes? Well you may find some new ways at the Tomato Art Festival in Nashville’s Five Points area, August 11-12, 2017. Find more info at

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*Continue to sow seeds for arugula, bush beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, collard, cilantro, chives, chard, dill, lettuce, spinach, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, parsley and radishes until August 15th. *Plant a fall crop of peas, but

plant them twice as deep as spring planted peas. This keeps the seeds cool and prevents them from drying out before they germinate. *Set out transplants of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards and onions. *Get some sweet smells for fall with flowers such as, autumn clematis (clematis paniculata), flowering tobacco, annual stock and Cheyenne Spirit coneflower. Fall is Calling

herbs go to seed to self sow, or you can save their seed. *Prune summer blooming shrubs after their flowers finish. *Check plants for insects often to keep them from getting out of hand. *We have had some high heat with which to contend. If the heat continues, and there is a lack of rain, water deeply at the base of your plants. Spraying things lightly or surface water just encourages plant roots to come to the surface, and this will make them more vulnerable to drying out. *Fertilize new plantings of June

bearing strawberries. *Fertilize roses. *Keep compost pile moist, like a damp sponge. Chop, shred, pulverize. Make as small as possible things you add to the compost, and turn often to hasten decomposition. *Chop up weeds you pull (without seeds) to go into the compost. They seem plentiful about now. *Deadhead flowers to encourage more blooms and keep them looking nice. *Begin dividing perennials, starting with Bearded Iris. *Add compost, worm castings or well composted manure to available

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he Bible says it was Jesus’s first miracle. He, His disciples and His mother went to a wedding in Cana.   They ran out of wine and Mary, the mother of Jesus, said to Him, “They have no wine.” Then, Mary said to the servants, “Whatever He By Charles E. says, do it.”  Jesus Newbold, Jr told the servants to fill six water pots with water.  He had them draw some out and take to the master of the banquet.  At some point in that transition, the water turned into wine. John 2:1-10. For those of us who think miracles are still for today, consider the following.  It was not the servants who did the miracle.  It was Jesus.  Their part was to do as He said. How, then, are we to expect to see miracles today?   Simply by doing what Jesus says.   He does the miracles.  His life and power are released through our obedience. Jesus said, “If you love Me you will obey Me.” John 14:15.  Even though Jesus said those who believe in Him would do greater works than He (John 14:12), they will always be done through obedience. Obedience is the natural response of love.  We love Christ enough to do what He says.  No matter how hard the task, how long it takes, what it costs us, or where we have to go to do it.   Doing His will becomes the burning desire of our hearts, even if He calls us to do nothing.  Obedience is our lifestyle.  We live there. I love obedience to the Lord.  When my wife and I began this journey with the Lord, our motto became, “All things by the Spirit.”  We have lived by that for decades.  I am sure we missed the Lord at times, but we have faith in the promise of His word that “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are the called according to His

purpose.” Romans 8:28. To paraphrase, If we truly seek to do God’s will, He will not let us make a mistake, even if we make a mistake, because He will cause even our mistakes to work together for His ultimate purposes. We might think God is not doing miracles today because we do not visibly see them, but He is doing things in us and through us that we cannot always see. Still, multitudes of visible miracles are constantly witnessed around the world.  If we truly want to see more of His miracles, then let us become known as an obedient people.  True believers—those who are members of His body, His assembly of called-outones—are characterized by this: True believers are an obedient people.  Do what He says in all aspects of your life (to the best of your ability to know), and you may begin to see miraculous changes occur in your life and in others as well. Nevertheless, know this, obedience is not something to be tried for a while to see if “it” works.  Obedience comes out of the desire of our hearts to obey Him, because we love Him, regardless of the outcome. God will perform His miracles through His people, because miracles, and signs and wonders glorify Him.  However, His objective is not to have a miracle-working people.  He is looking for an obedient people.  Are you willing to lay down your own will to allow Him to have His will and way through you?  When we stop to listen, we generally know intuitively what He wants.   Then, whatever He says in the Word or Spirit, do it! Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. has served as pastor, teacher and is an author calling forth Christians to live the laid-down life for Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Nancy McDonald Newbold, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Charles continues his writing.



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